When you make a picture, are you standing up in front of your subject?
Do you bend your knees a little before you shoot?
Do you lean to the right, lean to the left, move forward or move back?
Do you know what you are doing? You are trying to change your point of view or perspective of the image you are about to make. Yep, that is what you are doing. This is a good thing. In fact, this is a very good thing. But now it is time to take it a giant step further.
Crawl on Your Belly Like a Reptile
Sometimes to get a radical change in your point of view or perspective you have to “crawl on your belly like a reptile”. Throw convention to the wind. Yes, do something really different like lay down on your stomach to take the picture of a flower. Sure other people will look at you as if you have taken leave of your senses, but you will be the one with the great picture.
Here are two photographs of flowers. The first was taken looking down at the flower. The second was taken at eye-level. While these are by no means great photographs, they do illustrate what the change in perspective can do.
If you are making a picture of your children, move down to their eye level. Experiment with different angles, different heights, different lighting and different shutter speeds. An image of your child running shot at a slow shutter speed will create a blurred image, but it will also show that your child was in motion. It will be very different, but it also will be very unique.
Rules Are Made to Be Broken
There are lots of “rules” in photography, but don’t be afraid to break them. There is no photography police, no jail time. The worst thing that can happen is that the image sucks. Even that is not a bad thing. We learn from our failures, or as I like to call them, “valiant experiments that did not work as anticipated”.
True creativity is doing something that is different. So be bold, be daring, be creative! Get down and crawl on your belly like a reptile!